Turn green beans into a showstopper by making these Green Bean Bundles. Tossed in garlic and herbs then wrapped in bacon, these are side dish perfection.
When it comes to holiday meals and special occasion dinners, side dishes don’t always have to be an afterthought. In fact, they can be stars too. Just as gorgeous and just as delicious.
Take green beans for instance. Most of us know that green beans and bacon are always a winning combination. After all, my recipe for Southern Style Green Beans with Bacon is one of the top recipes on my blog. Those beans while tender and delicious do take more than an hour to cook. If you’re short on time and need something a bit quicker that still has that classic bean and bacon combo, you’ve got to try these Green Bean Bundles.
Let’s talk about the ingredients that you’ll need.
I have seen some green bean bundle recipes that call for brown sugar or maple to yield a sweeter taste. These green bean bundles are all savory and all kinds of delicious. Here is what you’ll need to make them:
Follow along with these step by step photos and instructions to see just how easy these Green Bean Bundles are to make.
These are best eaten the day they are cooked. But leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of days and reheated at 325 until warmed through.
For this recipe, you’ll blanch the beans. Blanching vegetables means cooking them in boiling water and then dunking them in ice water. These softens the vegetables and stops enzyme actions so that they will keep their color and flavor during the cooking process.
Yes and no. You can blanch, season and wrap the bundles in advance. Keep them in the refrigerator until ready to use I wouldn’t do it more than a day in advance.
The only part of the bean that really needs to be removed before eating is the tip of the stem end where it was attached to the plant. You can remove the tail end, if you like but I liked the look for this recipe.
Looking for more show stopping holiday side dishes? Check out these recipes:
Brussels Sprouts Gratin will turn every Brussles sprouts hater into a lover!
Spinach Cranberry Salad is a gorgeous addition to any holiday table.
Apples, Sausage and Brie Cheese are added to this Apple Sausage Stuffing for a delectable twist on the holiday classic.
Other Bacon Wrapped goodies:
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños are perfect for game day!
Classic Bacon Wrapped Asparagus is the best thing to make during asparagus season!
Slow Cooker Beer Brats wrapped in bacon is another game day favorite!